Four great new features for Reach Medications Manager

Four great new features for Reach Medications Manager

Four (4) great new features in the Medications module that improve record keeping and knowledge sharing in the most popular and important extension module in Reach. The new featured pushed live on 29th Jan, 2022 are;

  • Location awareness in the scheduled medications table

  • Notes required for Paused medications

  • As Required medication frequency

  • Nil administered and Student refused states for medication records

Location awareness in scheduled medications

The scheduled medications table now shows a location icon which will fetch details of the current location of a student.

If students who have gone on leave without their medications being paused or if students have late medications in the scheduled medications table it is useful to be able to quickly reference if that student is on leave.

Notes required for Paused medication

An upgrade to the Pause function in scheduled prescription medications means that whenever a staff member is pausing a medication the reason for the pause will recorded. The pause submission will also create a pastoral record in the medical history of the student’s profile.

In addition, the Pause & Expire function is supported with a new security permission in Reach Accessibility settings. Schools can now control which users have permission to Pause or Expire a prescribed medication.

“As Required” Medication frequency

A new frequency is available for prescription medications that allow you to set a frequency to “As Required”. When set to As Required the handling of the prescription medications will change and behave more like an over the counter medication.

  • When selecting As Required you are not required to set a time for the frequency

  • As Required prescription medications will not display in the scheduled medications table of the daily dispensary screen

  • Administering As Required medications is similar to administering over the counter medications

  • Select the blue “Add as Required” medication button

  • Select the student name

  • In the student’s profile of you will see the list of any As Required prescription medications that the student has been allocated and any over the counter medications that the student is permitted to take.

Nil administered and Student refused states for records

We have improved how you record Nil quantities administered and situations when medications are refused by students by including a “successfully administered” state of medications being administered.

New field – Was the medication dispensed successfully?

A new field is added to the table when administering scheduled prescription medications that identifies is a medication was administered successfully.

The default state of this field is “Medication was dispensed successfully” and there is no change to the procedure for medications that are successfully administered.

For medications that are not administered by staff (ie: zero administered) or where students refuse to take the schedule medication a record can be submitted to reflect the accurate status of the scheduled medication.

Set the quantity to Zero and select the appropriate status from the drop down selector and write an appropriate note in the notes field to record the situation.

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COVID-19 Daily Symptoms Survey for student

COVID-19 Daily Symptoms Survey for student

Monitoring the physical symptoms of students and staff on a daily basis has become a common procedure for many schools, one of the many operational adjustments needed to ensure a Covid-safe environment for the school community.

Daily COVID-19 symptoms surveys are a critical safety procedure but demanding on management teams and staff to ensure surveys are completed and that any symptomatic participants are easily identified for separation and/or treatment.

To assist with this Reach Student Life Management has developed a purpose build Surveys module which allows schools to build a custom Covid-19 Daily Symptoms Survey questionnaire for students and staff which can easily screen your school population for symptoms of Coronavirus through self-assessment.

Mandatory self-analysis survey

The daily symptoms survey allows schools to present students (or parents) and staff with a mandatory self-analysis survey. Results obtained in the survey automatically update in real time to a People View dashboard. This dashboard displays your entire school population with their survey status identified. Colour coding of participant profiles in the People View dashboard highlights any at risk participants that respond in the survey as symptomatic.

Automated instructions and alerts

Participants that do identify as symptomatic in their self-analysis can be presented with instructions for any procedures that the school may require them to follow.  In addition, any positive results to symptoms by survey participants can trigger automatic alerts to medical staff or supervisors to highlight people of concern that may require isolating, further testing or other attention.

Edit and update profiles

When operating in the People View dashboard in Reach staff are able to open any individual’s profile to display their daily survey results. Staff are also able to record notes to any individual’s profile or to communicate directly with individual via email or text message from the People View screen. Historic survey records are stored for all users and historic reports can be generated for compliance or monitoring.

Daily Status Pass

Finally, when completing the daily survey participants are provided with a results card on their mobile device which can be used as a confirmation card or visual pass to confirm their daily status at entry or permission checkpoints.

The surveys module can be used as a stand alone module in Reach and is available for all schools. Reach Surveys can integrate with any school system to obtain the survey contacts database.